Brine Management

Treatment and reduction solutions

Our innovative brine management solutions minimize volume, reduce your disposal costs, and maximize freshwater recovery.

Treatment & Disposal

Brine management options may include treatment followed by disposal. Treatment desalinates brine and produces a more concentrated, lower volume fluid or solids which are easier to transport or dispose of. Disposal involves discharging brine to sewers, surface water, injection wells, or sending it to environmental service providers.


Saltworks’ brine management experts can help you to understand your treatment and disposal options, including discharge regulations and economics for your process.

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Understand Brine Chemistry

Water chemistry analysis is essential to understand key brine management factors such as salinity, scaling potential and content of metals or other contaminants. Our team can manage this analysis for you, perform feasibility testing, and develop a treatment solution that meets regulatory requirements, maximizes plant performance and up-time, and minimizes maintenance costs.

Maximize Membrane Recovery

Effective brine treatment firstly requires maximizing recovery of lower cost membrane systems—such as reverse osmosis (RO)—before additional treatment or disposal. The next step is comparing disposal options against thermal treatment, to decide whether to further concentrate your brine or treat it down to solids. We supply extreme recovery membrane brine concentrators comprised of our XtremeRO products coupled with our BrineRefine precision chemical softening systems.

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Minimal & Zero Liquid Discharge

Maximized your membrane recovery but need further brine volume reduction? Let us help you to de-risk your minimal or zero liquid discharge needs with expert information on preventing scale, solids handling and disposal, and overall cost of ownership. We also supply modular, fully packaged industrial evaporator-crystallizers for ultra-reliable thermal MLD and ZLD treatment, such as our SaltMaker product family.

Related Products

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BrineRefine Chemical Reactor

BrineRefine is a continuous stirred tank reactor (CSTR) that executes diverse chemical reactions efficiently and with precision.

Related Resources

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RO Brine Treatment: Why Maximizing Reverse Osmosis Recovery Matters

Treating RO brine should be approached from two directions. First, maximize the recovery of lower cost membrane systems to minimize the volume for later steps. Second, weigh brine disposal options against thermal treatment technology to determine whether you need to concentrate your brine or treat it down to solids.